Riots break out in northern Lebanon prison
Riots broke out Sunday in the Al Qube Prison
on the outskirts of Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, a hotbed of
Sunni-Muslim fundamentalists, prompting Lebanese security forces to intervene, dpa reported.
According to an eyewitness, a fire was started inside the jail as Lebanese security forces battled to contain the riots.
Police reports said rioters have captured three prison guards and are now demanding to negotiate with Interior Minister Ziad Baroud, Internal Security Forces Director Major General Ashraf Rifi and Lebanese State Prosecutor Judge Said Mirza
Earlier police reports had said that some of the Lebanese security police were taken hostage by the inmates for a short while, but they were freed when police reinforcements arrived and began to get the situation under control.
Police also reported that some of the inmates suffered from smoke inhalation from the fire. Further details were not immediately known.